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Industry Watch: Flavored Products

What does the industry have up its sleeve? 
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Flavored products remain prominent at the point-of-sale
Despite the 2009 ban on flavored cigarettes, the industry has found ways to continue to market cheap, flavored products that overwhelmingly appeal to youth.  Take a look below for more on these industry activities.  
This product joins their line up which already includes Wine, Peach, Grape, Strawberry, and White Grape. Retailers expect the 'mini' size and special introductory pricing will help the product 'make a favorable debut among consumers.'
Flavored, Smaller Size and Cheaper Price.
Who do you think their target consumer is?
Cigars are selling well, especially cheap, flavored ones. Retailers note the growing popularity of little cigars, but worries over tax increases lead this report to conclude that retailers are 'counting on new flavors, discounted pricing and other product innovations to drive incremental sales." This store owner isn't worried though, "Swisher’s peach flavor is my No. 1 seller in little cigars. Customers really like the fruit flavors.” 

New flavors used to increase smokeless tobacco sales

With the rise of smokeless tobacco sales and dual use among cigarette users increasing, new flavors are being introduced to capitalize on the trend.
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The Good News: Regulation Wins and Growing Awareness
With the proliferation of these products, communities are starting to speak out against them.

In February, the 2nd Circuit Court ruled in favor of New York City's flavored tobacco product ban allowing NYC to restrict the sale of products that have packaging and/or marketing that highlight the products flavor characteristics. Get more details on the case here

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has new resources that help raise awareness and provide facts around the growing problem of cheap, flavored tobacco products. America's Most Wanted Tobacco Villains, a new campaign, highlights flavored products as New Villains in the fight against tobacco and a new report, Not your Grandfather's Cigar, provides stats and research on the issue.

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